Suggested Meeting Formats

SUGGESTED STEP STUDY MEETING FORMAT

Welcome to the (________) meeting of Pills Anonymous. My name is (________) and I am a Pill Addict. Are there any other Pill Addicts present? Welcome! Not to embarrass you, but so that we could get to know you better, will those of you in your first 30 days of clean time please let us know who you are? Would you please stand and state your name and your disease?

Pills Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from pill addiction.  The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using pills.  There are no dues or fees for PA membership; we are self supporting through our own contributions.  PA is not affiliated with any religious group, politics, organization or institution.   We do not wish to engage in any controversy and neither endorse nor oppose any cause.  This is a program which works by regularly attending meetings and working the 12 Steps of Recovery with other pill addicts. Our primary purpose is to carry the message to the addict who still suffers. We work together to stay clean and help others achieve the same freedom.

It is a custom in Pills Anonymous to read a portion of Chapter Five from the “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous, entitled How It Works. I’ve asked (________) to read for us.

The Twelve Traditions are to the group what the Twelve Steps are to the individual. I’ve asked (________) to read for us.

It is the format of this meeting to read from the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. This is followed by a discussion of the reading. Tonight we are on Step __________.

(LEADER READS STEP) We will now go around the room and each read a paragraph.

(AFTER READING OF THE STEP) We are fully self-supporting through our own contributions. At this time we will observe the 7th Tradition. Newcomers need not feel obligated to contribute. Please remain quietly seated while the baskets are being passed.

(AFTER BASKETS ARE COLLECTED) We will now have a 5 minute coffee break.

(AFTER COFFEE BREAK)

(OPTIONAL) We give key tags at this meeting for 30, 60 and 90 days, 6 and 9 months, 1 year, 18 months, and 2 or more years of continuous clean time – free from all mind-altering substances. Please keep your sharing brief so that we may have time for participation afterward. Is there anyone here in their first 30 days of clean time who wishes to take a welcome key tag? 30 days? 60 days? 90 days? 6 months? 9 months? 1 year? 18 months? 2 or more years?

We give a cake for every 365 days of continuous clean time. We have (________) birthdays.

We now have time for participation. We ask that you limit your sharing to your experience, strength and hope as it relates to the Step that was read. If you have not taken the Step, we welcome you to ask any questions regarding this Step. We also ask that you not share if you have had any drugs or alcohol in the last 24 hours. There is no cross-talk at this meeting, and please limit your sharing to 3-5 minutes. Who would like to start?

(TEN MINUTES BEFORE THE MEETING ENDS) Our time is up. If you have any questions that went unanswered, or if you feel the need to share, please introduce yourself to someone after the meeting and exchange phone numbers. We are all here

to help. Are there any secretary’s announcements? (AFTER SECRETARY’S ANNOUNCEMENTS) I would like to close by having (________) read The Promises.

After a moment of silent meditation for the addict who still suffers, would (________) lead us in the prayer of his/her choice?

 

SUGGESTED BOOK STUDY MEETING FORMAT

Welcome to the (________) meeting of Pills Anonymous. My name is (________) and I am a Pill Addict. Are there any other Pill Addicts present? Welcome! Not to embarrass you, but so that we could get to know you better, will those of you in your first 30 days of clean time please let us know who you are? Would you please stand and state your name and your disease?

Pills Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from pill addiction.  The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using pills.  There are no dues or fees for PA membership; we are self supporting through our own contributions.  PA is not affiliated with any religious group, politics, organization or institution.   We do not wish to engage in any controversy and neither endorse nor oppose any cause.  This is a program which works by regularly attending meetings and working the 12 Steps of Recovery with other pill addicts. Our primary purpose is to carry the message to the addict who still suffers. We work together to stay clean and help others achieve the same freedom.

It is a custom in Pills Anonymous to read a portion of Chapter Five from the “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous, entitled How It Works. I’ve asked (________) to read for us.

The Twelve Traditions are to the group what the Twelve Steps are to the individual. I’ve asked (________) to read for us.

It is the format of this meeting to read from the “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous. This is followed by a discussion of the reading. Tonight we are on __________.

(LEADER READS FROM WHERE WE LET OFF) We will now go around the room and each read a paragraph.

(AFTER READING OF THE SECTION) We are fully self-supporting through our own contributions. At this time we will observe the 7th Tradition. Newcomers need not feel obligated to contribute. Please remain quietly seated while the baskets are being passed.

(AFTER BASKETS ARE COLLECTED) (OPTIONAL) We give key tags at this meeting for 30, 60 and 90 days, 6 and 9 months, 1 year, 18 months, and 2 or more years of continuous clean time – free from all mind-altering substances. Please keep your sharing brief so that we may have time for participation afterward. Is there anyone here in their first 30 days of clean time who wishes to take a welcome key tag? 30 days? 60 days? 90 days? 6 months? 9 months? 1 year? 18 months? 2 or more years?

We give a cake for every 365 days of continuous clean time. We have (________) birthdays.

We now have time for participation. We ask that you limit your sharing to your experience, strength and hope as it relates to the Step that was read. If you have not taken the Step, we welcome you to ask any questions regarding this Step. We also ask that you not share if you have had any drugs or alcohol in the last 24 hours. There is no cross-talk at this meeting, and please limit your sharing to 3-5 minutes. Who would like to start?

(TEN MINUTES BEFORE THE MEETING ENDS) Our time is up. If you have any questions that went unanswered, or if you feel the need to share, please introduce yourself to someone after the meeting and exchange phone numbers. We are all here to help. Are there any secretary’s announcements?

(AFTER SECRETARY’S ANNOUNCEMENTS) I would like to close by having (________) read The Promises.

After a moment of silent meditation for the addict who still suffers, would (________) lead us in the prayer of his/her choice?

 

SUGGESTED PARTICIPATION MEETING FORMAT

Welcome to the (________) meeting of Pills Anonymous. My name is (________) and I am a Pill Addict. Are there any other pill addicts present? Welcome! Not to embarrass you, but so that we could get to know you better, will those of you in your first 30 days of sobriety please let us know who you are? Would you please stand and state your name and your disease?

Pills Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from pill addiction.  The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using pills.  There are no dues or fees for PA membership; we are self supporting through our own contributions.  PA is not affiliated with any religious group, politics, organization or institution.   We do not wish to engage in any controversy and neither endorse nor oppose any cause.  This is a program which works by regularly attending meetings and working the 12 Steps of Recovery with other pill addicts. Our primary purpose is to carry the message to the addict who still suffers. We work together to stay clean and help others achieve the same freedom.

It is a custom in Pills Anonymous to read either a portion of Chapter Five from the “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous. I’ve asked (________) to read for us.

The Twelve Traditions are to the group what the Twelve Steps are to the individual. I’ve asked (________) to read for us.

We are fully self-supporting through our own contributions. At this time we will observe the 7th Tradition. Newcomers need not feel obligated to contribute. Please remain quietly seated while the baskets are being passed.

(AFTER BASKETS ARE COLLECTED) (OPTIONAL) We give key tags at this meeting for 30, 60 and 90 days, 6 and 9 months, 1 year, 18 months, and 2 or more years of continuous clean time – free from all mind-altering substances. Please keep your sharing brief so that we may have time for participation afterward. Is there anyone here in their first 30 days of clean time who wishes to take a welcome key tag? 30 days? 60 days? 90 days? 6 months? 9 months? 1 year? 18 months? 2 or more years?

We give a cake for every 365 days of continuous clean time. We have (________) birthdays.

(OPTIONAL: LEADER QUALIFIES FOR 5-10 MINUTES) This is a 1 hour participation meeting. We encourage newcomers to ask any questions they may have regarding the program and recovery. Please do not share if you have had any drugs or alcohol in the last 24 hours. There is no cross-talk at this meeting, and all questions should be directed at the speaker. Please limit your sharing to 3-5 minutes. Who would like to start?

(TEN MINUTES BEFORE THE MEETING ENDS) Our time is up. If you have any questions that went unanswered, or if you feel the need to share, please introduce yourself to someone after the meeting and exchange phone numbers. We are all here to help. Are there any secretary’s announcements?

(AFTER SECRETARY’S ANNOUNCEMENTS) I would like to close by having (________) read The Promises.

After a moment of silent meditation for the addict who still suffers, would (________) lead us in the prayer of his/her choice?

 

SUGGESTED SPEAKER MEETING FORMAT

Welcome to the (________) meeting of Pills Anonymous. My name is (________) and I am a Pill Addict. Are there any other pill addicts present? Welcome! Not to embarrass you, but so that we could get to know you better, will those of you in your first 30 days of clean time please let us know who you are? Would you please stand and state your name and your disease?

Pills Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from pill addiction.  The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using pills.  There are no dues or fees for PA membership; we are self supporting through our own contributions.  PA is not affiliated with any religious group, politics, organization or institution.   We do not wish to engage in any controversy and neither endorse nor oppose any cause.  This is a program which works by regularly attending meetings and working the 12 Steps of Recovery with other pill addicts. Our primary purpose is to carry the message to the addict who still suffers. We work together to stay clean and help others achieve the same freedom.

It is a custom in Pills Anonymous to read a portion of Chapter Five from the “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous. I’ve asked (________) to read for us.

The Twelve Traditions are to the group what the Twelve Steps are to the individual. I’ve asked (________) to read for us.

We are fully self-supporting through our own contributions. At this time we will observe the 7th Tradition. Newcomers need not feel obligated to contribute. Please remain quietly seated while the baskets are being passed.

(AFTER BASKETS ARE COLLECTED)(OPTIONAL) We give key tags at this meeting for 30, 60 and 90 days, 6 and 9 months, 1 year, 18 months, and 2 or more years of continuous clean time – free from all mind-altering substances. Please keep your sharing brief so that we may have time for participation afterward. Is there anyone here in their first 30 days of clean time who wishes to take a welcome key tag? 30 days? 60 days? 90 days? 6 months? 9 months? 1 year? 18 months? 2 or more years?

We give a cake for every 365 days of continuous clean time. We have (________) birthdays.

This is a 1 hour speaker meeting. I’ve asked (________) to speak.

(AFTER THE SPEAKER FINISHES IF THERE IS TIME REMAINING)

Now we will continue with participation. We encourage newcomers to ask any questions they may have regarding the program and recovery. Please do not share if you have had any drugs or alcohol in the last 24 hours. There is no cross-talk at this meeting, and all questions should be directed at the speaker. Please limit your sharing to 3-5 minutes. Who would like to start?

(TEN MINUTES BEFORE THE MEETING ENDS) Our time is up. If you have any questions that went unanswered, or if you feel the need to share, please introduce yourself to someone after the meeting and exchange phone numbers. We are all here to help. Are there any secretary’s announcements?

(AFTER SECRETARY’S ANNOUNCEMENTS) I would like to close by having (________) read The Promises.

After a moment of silent meditation for the addict who still suffers, would (________) lead us in the prayer of his/her choice?

 

SUGGESTED H&I PARTICIPATION MEETING FORMAT

Welcome to the (________) meeting of Pills Anonymous. My name is (________) and I am a Pill Addict. Are there any other pill addicts present? Welcome! Not to embarrass you, but so that we could get to know you better, will those of you in your first 30 days of clean time please let us know who you are? Would you please stand and state your name and your disease?

Pills Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from pill addiction.  The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using pills.  There are no dues or fees for PA membership; we are self supporting through our own contributions.  PA is not affiliated with any religious group, politics, organization or institution.   We do not wish to engage in any controversy and neither endorse nor oppose any cause.  This is a program which works by regularly attending meetings and working the 12 Steps of Recovery with other pill addicts. Our primary purpose is to carry the message to the addict who still suffers. We work together to stay clean and help others achieve the same freedom.

It is a custom in Pills Anonymous to read either a portion of Chapter Five from the “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous. I’ve asked (________) to read for us.

The Twelve Traditions are to the group what the Twelve Steps are to the individual. I’ve asked (________) to read for us.

(OPTIONAL: LEADER QUALIFIES FOR 5-10 MINUTES) This is a 1 hour H&I participation meeting. We encourage newcomers to ask any questions they may have regarding the program and recovery. There is no cross-talk at this meeting, and all questions should be directed at the speaker. Please limit your sharing to 3-5 minutes. Who would like to start?

(TEN MINUTES BEFORE THE MEETING ENDS) Our time is up. If you have any questions that went unanswered, or if you feel the need to share, please introduce yourself to someone after the meeting and exchange phone numbers. We are all here to help. Are there any secretary’s announcements?

(AFTER SECRETARY’S ANNOUNCEMENTS) I would like to close by having (________) read The Promises.

After a moment of silent meditation for the addict who still suffers, would (________) lead us in the prayer of his/her choice?